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GOP: Please, Please Take This Advice!

by Stuart Shapiro

So, in the heady days after a presidential victory, the winning party likes to dream of a new majority.  Oh, there are signs that the losing party, a.k.a. the Republicans, are wising up and moving to the center.  But then pieces like this op-ed by Charlotte Allen appears, and the dreaming starts anew:

The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election. Half the conservative columnists and bloggers say the GOP lost because it overemphasized social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The other half says the party didn’t emphasize them enough. And everyone denounces Project ORCA, the campaign’s attempt to turn out voters via technology.

But I’ve got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst: Sarah Palin for president in 2016.

You think I’m joking? Think again.

Oh, I hope she’s not joking, and that someone out there is listening.  As a Democrat and as a blogger, I could hardly ask for a bigger gift.

About Stuart Shapiro

Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.

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